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Introduction

   
    Efforts to manage populations of rare plant species, some of which are
listed as threatened and endangered, are hindered by limited knowledge regarding their reproductive biology. Without additional knowledge, the survival of these species may be at risk. Dr. Janice Coons, Ms. Nancy Coutant and Dr. Henry Owen have worked on these rare plant species. Their research involves field surveys and restoration projects as well as lab research including flower initiation, flower development, pollination, fertilization, seed development, seed dormancy, germination, and seedling establishment.


    This research involves both undergraduate and graduate students investigating these plants throughout the year. Student investigators have presented their research at professional meetings and to professional societies such as the Botanical Society of America, Environmental Horizons, the Illinois Native Plant Society, Natural Areas Association and Illinois State Academy of Science. This program provides opportunities for students to participate actively in a scientific endeavor and to increase our understanding of these threatened, endangered and rare species so that more informed management decisions can be made.


Contact Information


coons Janice M. Coons, Emeritus Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Il 61920
jcoons@eiu.edu
owenHenry R. Owen, Emeritus Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
hrowen@eiu.edu
coutantNancy E. Coutant, Emeritus Instructor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
necoutant@eiu.edu